Introduction: My Mom's Apricot Roll-up Cookies

About: I teach in a Makerspace in a public elementary school in Oakland, CA. I also am obsessed with making mosaics.

My Mom used to make these cookies whenever we had a lot of people over to our house. Everyone loved them. Once they found out how easy they are to make, everyone wanted the recipe. It's time to share this recipe with the world!

Also, the dough is very versatile. Not only is it good with other sweet fillings, you can also use it for savory appetizers, as long as you roll out the dough in flour instead of sugar. We used to use it for little mushroom bites. The filling: saute mushrooms in butter or olive oil with oregano and thyme. After they are cooked, turn off heat and add a dollop of sour cream. So delicious!

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

You will need:

1 cup of butter (2 sticks)

8 oz of cream cheese

2 1/4 cups of flour

About 3/4 a cup of confectioners (for rolling out the dough and sprinkling on top)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

About 3/4 cup of apricot jam (or any kind you prefer)

Step 2: Make the Dough

Using a food processor (or a pastry blender, like my Mom), mix together the flour, butter, cream cheese and salt until a ball of dough forms (I use the pulse feature at first to make sure everything gets mixed in, then go ahead a press, "on," until the dough forms a ball)

Step 3: Chill the Dough

Divide the dough into 2 parts, and form each part into a disc. Wrap the discs (I use waxed paper, I'm sure saran wrap is fine, too) and chill them in the fridge for an hour.

Step 4: Roll Out and Fill Dough

After the dough has chilled, preheat over to 375 F. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment, silicon sheet or grease.

Sprinkle powdered sugar on your work-space. Divide one of the dough disks in half. Roll out this piece of dough in the powered sugar to 1/8 an inch. This dough is really easy to work with. Cut the rolled-out dough into 2 1/2 inch squares. This doesn't have to be precise; it's just the size that seems to work best for me. Put a 1/4 tsp. of jam into each square.

Step 5: Form Cookies

Fold one corner diagonally towards the other corner (see first picture). Press down to seal. Fold over the over the other corner and press down to seal. Place cookies on prepared cookie sheet.

Step 6: Bake and Cool

Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes. Place on a rack to cool.

Step 7: Finish and Enjoy!

These cookies are good with or without a sifting of powdered sugar. If your guest want the recipe, you can share this link with them! Enjoy.

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